Thursday, November 23, 2017
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
Chapter 6: Yeshua said: “Be careful not to parade your acts of tzedakah (good deeds) in front of people in order to be seen by them! If you do, you will get no reward from Elohim (your heavenly Father). So, when you do tzedakah, don't announce it with trumpets to win people's praise, like the hypocrites in the synagogues and on the streets. Yes! I tell you, that is their whole reward. But you, when you do tzedakah, don't even let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Then your tzedakah will be in secret; and Elohim, who sees what you do in secret, will reward you.
And again, when you pray, don't be like the hypocrites, who love to pray standing in the synagogues and on street corners, so that people can see them. I tell you, that is their only reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to Elohim in secret, and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And, in praying, don't just babble on and on like the pagans, who think they will be heard better if they talk a lot. No, don't be like them, because Elohim knows what you need before you ask him.
You, therefore, should pray like this: `Our Father in heaven, hallowed (holy) be Your Name. May Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us this day the food we need, and forgive us what we have done wrong, as we too forgive those who have wronged us; and do not lead us into hard testing, but keep us safe from the Evil One. For kingship, power, and glory are Yours forever. Amen.' For if you forgive others their offenses, Elohim will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their offenses, Elohim will not forgive yours.
Now when you fast, don't be like the hypocrites – they neglect their appearance so as to appear gloomy with disfigured faces, making a show of their fasting.
But you, when you fast, anoint your head, wash your face and groom yourself, so that no one will know you are fasting – except Elohim, Who is unseen. And Elohim, Who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Do not store up for yourselves wealth here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. Instead, store up for yourselves wealth in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and burglars do not break through or steal. For where your heart is, there your treasure will be also.
The eye is the lamp of the body. So then, if you have a `good eye' (that is, if you are generous) your whole body will be full of light; but if you have an `evil eye' (if you are stingy) your whole body will be full of darkness, and how dense that darkness will be! No one can serve two two masters; for he will either hate the first and love the second, or scorn the second and be loyal to the first. You can't serve Elohei (God) and money at the same time. I say therefore, don't worry about your life, as to what you will eat or drink; or about your body, as to what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothing? Look at the birds flying about! They neither plant nor harvest, nor do they gather food into barns; and yet Elohim feeds them. Are you not worth more than they are?
Now, which one of you, by worrying, can add a foot to his height? Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to his life? And why be anxious about clothing? Look at the fields of wild irises, and how they grow. They neither work nor spin thread, yet I tell you that not even Shlomo (Solomon) in all his glory was clothed as beautifully as one of these. If this is how Elohim clothes grass in the field – which is green today and dry tomorrow, thrown into an oven – won't He not much more clothe you – you of so little faith? So don't be anxious, then, about what you will have to eat, and what you will have to drink, and what you will have to wear. For it is the pagans who set their hearts on all these things, striving hard to get them. Your heavenly Father knows you need them all. But seek first His Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have its own problems. Each day has enough tsuris (troubles) of its own.”
We were in oregon the other day and did some Christmas shopping in St. Helens on the way through; I wanted to see what their Wal*Mart has to offer … and I wasn’t disappointed. Our Wal*Mart is bigger and more modern, but theirs has more stuff to choose from in regards to holiday do-dads to break down and adorn the plain-jane wreaths I bought earlier.
Starting a Mini Santa Gift Sack Chain (no room for a tree now, and not a good idea with asthma). Got the bags done. They are small, but they’re big enough to hold things that interest a toddler ;-) I’ll get something every pay day and by this time next year the bags will be filled and strung before December 1st :-D
Wreaths & poinsettia & glittery snowflake trims; and lighted Outdoor Garland. I'll see what other trims I can find at the $ Store to flesh the wreaths out with.
I have to be careful now about what I buy for holiday decor because there isn’t much storage space in a mobile home, and we don’t have a nice roomy 2 car garage anymore either. So everything I do for the holidays will have to be rethunk and reworked to fit the life we have now, in the present. And that’s okay – challenges don’t scare me; they inspire me :-D
Well, Thanksgiving meal is over and I think I’ll just be lazy the rest of the day and conserve my energy to allow my sore lungs to heal (suffered a severe asthma attack earlier in the week) until later on in the evening when I kick into gear again and start decorating in earnest for Christmas ;-)
Turkey in the oven ...
The last of the frozen homegrown corn - what could be more Thanksgiving style than roasted ears of corn? This will be bake in foil alongside the roasting turkey.
Rain pelting down outside the kitchen window.
Giblet and neck meat stock simmering for the gravy.
This fluffy marshmallow topped Yam Bake is why this gamma is so 'fluffy'. LOL
The Thanksgiving Turkey Dish Scrubby I designed and crafted.
While the turkey baked, we started stringing the lighted garland across the front porch railing – and 2 nice surprises happened: the phone rang and a beautiful rainbow stretched across the sky:
This beautiful rainbow appeared over our area as Hubs was chatting with his granddaughter in Connecticut. Perhaps it’s a promise from Elohei to us of better days ahead. Hope so!
Yu’all have a great day today!
Enjoy the Holiday and don’t sweat the small stuff …